The recent resignation of Van Jones, Obama’s Green Jobs Czar, confirmed not only Jones’ lack of fitness for the position from which he resigned but also the changing political fortunes of the Democrat Party. And since some czars, such as Mark Lloyd, continue running their mouths while Democrat poll numbers plummet, we have to wonder what Democrat will be jettisoned next?
To be fair, the hole Jones dug for himself had nothing to do with the miserable numbers President Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) are now polling, but his continued presence in the administration would certainly have brought those numbers lower. And this alone explains why Jones was kicked out of an administration for comments that were heinous but no worse than those that even Congressional Democrats made against George W. Bush during Bush’s two terms.
In February 2009, Jones used expletives to describe Republicans during a speech in Berkeley, Calif. He has also given speeches in which he described Bush as a “crackhead” and in which he accused the former president of allowing the 9/11 attacks to happen in order to justify going to war. More recently, he blamed school shootings on “suburban white kids.”
Prior to giving such illustrative speeches, Jones spent the 1990s boasting that he had become “a communist” and a “rowdy nationalist.”
And when all this news began to break late last week, Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.), along with Senators Kit Bond (R-Mo.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas), called for Jones removal. In response, many within the Obama administration distanced themselves from Jones, saying they weren’t aware of his Marxist convictions or his “Bush is a crackhead” speeches.
How short do these Democrats think our memories are? It was just months ago, in July to be precise, that Jones was hired by the administration amid accolades from top Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett, who claimed she was extremely familiar with Jones’ past. According to the LA Times, when announcing Jones had been hired Jarrett said: “We [are] so delighted to be able to recruit [Jones] into the White House. …We’ve been watching him .. for as long as he’s been active [and are excited about] all the creative ideas that he has.”
Of course, the now defunct Jones should have seen the writing on the wall on September 3, when national polls conducted by Rasmussen had Obama’s disapproval numbers at 51%, with that same number of Americans saying they believed Congress was “too liberal.” It just wasn’t a good time to keep a man like Jones aboard what appears to be a sinking ship.
And when we think of who might be the next to go, we may not have to look any further than the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) “diversity Czar” Mark Lloyd, who is on record with his belief that “free speech” is being used “to protect global corporations and block rules that would promote democratic governance.” In other words, there’s too much Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin on the radio and too little NPR in Lloyd’s opinion. Thus, he’s pushing for the use of an “existing FCC ‘localism’ requirement” to force radio channels that carry so many of hours of non-local programming, like Limbaugh and Levin, to carry the same number of hours in local programming, like NPR or some other liberal bilge. Sounds like a repackaged “Fairness Doctrine” to me.
And why shouldn’t it? In Lloyd’s own writings, he’s been up front about his disdain for freedom: “It should be clear by now that my focus here is not freedom of speech or the press.” Add to this Lloyd’s praise for Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez’s “incredible…democratic revolution,” in which the State took the press out of the hands of “the property owners and the folks who then controlled the media,” and even a dimwit like Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) might find it hard to cover Lloyd’s tracks.
The bottom line is this — it’s crunch time for Obama and the rest of the Democrats. Unemployment is at 9.7 percent, support for Obamacare is receding faster than Chris Matthews’ hairline, and Reuters is reporting that only 1/3 of Americans approve of the job the Democrat-controlled congress is doing.
If the grassroots Conservative outcry against Democrat-sponsored socialism continues, and men like Pence, Bond, and Cornyn take it to Lloyd the way they took it to Jones, we may get to see Obama accept a letter of resignation from his “diversity Czar” in the days to come.